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About South Blacks Beach in La Jolla, California

South Black’s Beach is a remote beach below high bluffs between La Jolla Shores and Black’s Beach. It’s a great place for sunbathing and beach walking, but it has some limitations when it comes to parking.

The southern section of Blacks, is accessible through a gate at the intersection of Blackgold Road and La Jolla Farms Road. Find a parking spot on the street nearby (avoid red-painted no parking zones and driveways) and walk the long paved trail to the beach below. Parking on weekdays is limited to 2 hours which isn’t long for a beach visit with a long hike in and out.

While you are walking the shoreline here, you’ll probably have surfers to watch in the waves and paragliders soaring overhead. Walking south for about 2/5 mile leads to the Mushroom Beach House, one of the strangest things you’ll find on a beach. As you explore the shore, stay back from the bluffs which can release rocks and large chunks of sandstone which crash down on the beach.

South Blacks Beach is considered clothing-optional by some locals so be aware if that makes you uncomfortable. The true clothing optional beach is supposed to be at Black’s Beach below the Torrey Pines Gliderport.

Above South Blacks Beach is the Scripps Coastal Reserve a UC San Diego property with trails for walking to excellent views. The reserve entrance is next to a home at 9351 La Jolla Farms Road.

9582 La Jolla Farms Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037
Park Name
Torrey Pines City Beach, Scripps Coastal Reserve
City Beach
Pet Details
Leashed dogs allowed on beach before 9am and after 6pm from April-Oct. (changes to 4pm Nov.-March).
Free street parking (limited to 2 hours)
Surfing, Beach Walking, Sunbathing
Trails, No Facilities
Map of South Blacks Beach
La Jolla, US
3:23 am, April 24, 2024
temperature icon 59°F
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Feels like 57.65 °F broken clouds
Wind gusts: 3 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:08 am
Sunset: 7:25 pm
Humidity 75 %
Pressure1018 mb
Wind 3 m/s

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